Wood BOE meets tonight

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. today to discuss LSIC presentations, approve a student drug testing waiver for Williamstown High School and the termination of two employees.

The board meets at the Wood County Schools central office at 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public.

The board will hold a discussion on Local School Improvement Council annual reports. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said recent changes in state legislation now require only low-performing schools to give LSIC presentations.

Last year, the board held LSIC fairs, large events at the district’s three high schools where all LSICs had the opportunity to create displays and present information on programs and initiatives.

“They really liked the fairs, so we are going to look over some options for this year,” Hosaflook said.

The board tonight also will receive public comments, a report from the superintendent and vote on a waiver to allow Williamstown High School to expand the district’s new drug testing policy to grades 7-8.

The board will vote on the suspension and termination of two employees. Details of the circumstances and the names of the employees were not immediately available. The board will name the employees prior to the vote.

Two student expulsions for violation of the state Safe Schools Act are up for a vote tonight. The students names and details of the circumstances were not available. The board does not name students for disciplinary action, but the Safe Schools Act applies to any act of violence, weapons on schools grounds or drugs. Violation of the act is an automatic one-year expulsion.

Students return to class Thursday for the 2019-20 school year. Hosaflook said while he cannot discuss student disciplinary action, “when you see an expulsion prior to the start of the school year, it is almost always something that occurred during the summer.”